The Five Things Meme

by derek on November 7, 2008 · 34 comments

The year 2007 was the year of the meme in the blogging world, or at least it certainly seemed like it as they were being passed around quite often. There was the 8 things I know as well as the 8 oddities about Derek Semmler. One that I particularly enjoyed was the six word memoir.
Well, it seems that Michael Kwan has tagged me with another meme and I have decided to participate. The nice thing about this meme is it will hopefully give you a little additional insight into the person behind the blog.
5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

  1. Celebrating the birth of my first son
  2. Contemplating the idea of marriage
  3. Changing jobs – the client I was at lured me away from consulting
  4. Paying off consumer debt
  5. Vacationing at Disney World (with my then pregnant girlfriend)

5 Things on My To-Do List Today

  1. Smile at least five times
  2. Update my month-end financial statements
  3. Enroll in health care plan through my employer
  4. Write at least one blog post
  5. Phone call with a recruiter

5 Snacks I Like

  1. Beef jerky
  2. Cheese stick
  3. Handful of almonds
  4. Cold orange out of the refrigerator
  5. Cheese stick (hey – it is one of my obsessions)

5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire

  1. Pay off my mortgage
  2. Setup a non-profit to help educate people on debt elimination and debt management
  3. Purchase a vacation home in the mountains
  4. Have a motorcycle custom built just for me
  5. Continue blogging – yes, I love it that much

5 Places I Have Lived (for various lengths of time)

  1. House in Oswego (current residence)
  2. Apartment in Downers Grove
  3. Apartment #1 in Bloomington (while in college)
  4. Apartment #2 in Bloomington (while in college)
  5. House in Naperville (parent’s house)

5 Jobs I Have Had

  1. Sr. Software Engineer
  2. Worked in a cigar shop (smoked my entire shift each night)
  3. Assembled and delivered furniture
  4. Lawn maintenance in a cemetery
  5. Store Greeter at Venture

5 People I Tag

  1. Dave from
  2. Danielle from
  3. Nick from romandock dot com
  4. Andrea from According to Andrea
  5. Charlie from Nobody asked me, but…

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael kwan November 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm

Thanks for participating. 🙂
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Michael kwan November 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Weird. I think CommentLuv is broken, because it keeps showing my post from three weeks ago.


Nick@romandock dot com November 7, 2008 at 7:36 pm

It much just not like you…your feed has been updating for me and commentluv is getting my most recent post 😛
That is quite strange though…is commentluv workign for you on other sites?


derek November 7, 2008 at 5:39 pm

You’re welcome – thanks for tagging me. Not sure what is going on with CommentLuv, your RSS feed has been updating from what I have seen.


Nick@romandock dot com November 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm

Hmmm, now I have to come up with answers to these questions 😛 Don’t worry though, I’ll try and get get my responses posted over the weekend. Thanks for sharing this little-known information about yourself Derek.
Nicks last blog post..Got some time to kill?


derek November 8, 2008 at 9:20 am

You’re welcome…I am looking forward to hearing your facts as well.


Ling@Uptake November 7, 2008 at 11:03 pm

Lawn maintenance in a cemetry? As in a lawn, or keeping the weeds out of the areas around the graves? Either way, hope you didn’t have to do any night shifts. 🙂


derek November 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

We were responsible for mowing, trimming, weeds, etc. for the entire cemetery, including between each and every grave.
There weren’t any night shifts but we did also assist with the digging of graves and the preparation for funerals. The most difficult thing I ever had to do there was hand-dig a grave that was for a baby, that was an emotional thing to do.


Cheap used cars for sale November 8, 2008 at 2:14 am

Nice time it was ten years ago. of you I think we are similar but i am not married now. Then you have children. Your plan is good when you are milliner. God will makes you milliner.


Nicole Price November 8, 2008 at 8:10 am

Nice resume!


derek November 8, 2008 at 9:23 am

Thanks! 🙂


Charlie on the PA Tpk November 8, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Back at you
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derek November 9, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Thanks for participating…based on your answers, does that mean you were (are) a Mets fan?


Charlie on PA Tpk@Nobody asked me, but... November 10, 2008 at 10:15 am

Born and bred.
Tough, considering my 3 older brothers were Yankee fans.
Charlie on PA Tpks last blog post.."5 Things" meme


Dave November 9, 2008 at 3:04 pm
derek November 9, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Thanks…heading over to check it out now!


Sue Woolfe November 9, 2008 at 3:51 pm

Some good answers on the Meme!
Sue Woolfes last blog post..I am so happy the way it turned out!


derek November 9, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for the feedback Sue!


Alex@credit ifn November 10, 2008 at 2:35 am

That’s such an inspiring post. We should make one of these lists ourselves every year.


Jessica W November 10, 2008 at 3:06 am

I am sure your cigar job didn’t last long :). Maybe it put you in debts also :)?
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derek November 10, 2008 at 10:11 am

Actually, I worked there for a few years. It was a part-time job in the evenings after I had graduated college. The job basically covered my costs of smoking cigars, which I did quite a bit back then.


Andrea November 10, 2008 at 8:37 am

Neat interesting info about you! I see you tagged me, so i will see what i can come up with!


derek November 10, 2008 at 10:11 am

Thanks, look forward to reading more about you. 🙂


Andrea November 10, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Ok, I did it.
btw, thanks for making me realize that i am a terribly boring person. :p


Bill@Debt consolidation November 12, 2008 at 4:39 pm

That is a very worthy cause setting up a non profit for people with debt problems. You would not only be helping individuals, but also our economy as a whole.


derek November 12, 2008 at 4:41 pm

Thanks, I would love doing that as there are so many people that just are not educated in the process and steps that they need to take. Providing that knowledge has the power to change people’s lives and I find that to be priceless.


olly@ Best Laptop Deals November 14, 2008 at 7:57 am

You seem to feel quite strongly about debt Derek – I am in a bit of financial mire myself at the moment ( all my own fault)
I admire your ambition there!


derek November 14, 2008 at 10:35 am

Yeah, shortly after college I was mired in debt (student loans, car loan, credit cards) and I had been reading the message boards at – one day it clicked for me and I put together a debt repayment plan and have not paid any credit card interest since then.
My hope is that you have a strategy in place, keep your head up and know that it will be a hard path to follow but you will get there!


Steve@Free iPods November 18, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Interesting to come back to this post in five years time and answer all over again.
Who knew of blogs five years ago?


Neil@PS3 December 2, 2008 at 2:29 am

This is a great insight into your life. Thanks a lot Derek.


estetik November 24, 2009 at 4:53 am

Interesting story for me to read.


Facebook Agency April 8, 2010 at 1:14 am

I come across your blog through google and find your blog quite informative. I am also a blogger and know its effects. Keep it up


Baz April 19, 2010 at 9:17 am

Thanks for sharing your this insight into your life Derek


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